The Story So Far
FWbuilders was formed in 2013 as a general contracting arm to compliment the FranWorks Group of Companies (FGOC) existing Project Management Office, Outsourced Construction Services, forming the construction division. We have seen substantial changes to the mandate of the construction division driven by outside requirements and our own growth.
What a two years it has been, we have not only completed construction of FGOC projects (the restaurant and retail group) but also completed projects for the following external clients in a variety of construction types: renovations, LEED buildings, ’ground ups’, office spaces, historical buildings, tenant improvements and even a brewery.
Expansion for FranWorks restaurants is full speed ahead in the Ontario region. We were also thrilled at the opportunity to open a new branch office in Edmonton, Alberta to serve the Northern Alberta market.
FRANWORKS PROJECT EXAMPLES
State & Main – Guelph, ON – Tenant improvement in a LEED environment
Original Joe’s – Unicity, Winnipeg, MB – Ground up
State & Main – Aurora, ON – tenant improvement
Original Joe’s & Test Kitchen – Macleod Trail, Calgary, AB – tenant improvement
FranWorks Group of Companies Head Office – Calgary, AB – tenant improvement
Elephant & Castle – Winnipeg, MB – renovation
State & Main – 8th Ave, Calgary, AB – tenant improvement
Original Joe’s Brewery & Retail – Saskatoon, SK – tenant improvement
Elephant & Castle – King St., Toronto, ON – renovation
State & Main – Sherwood Park, AB – tenant improvement
Original Joe’s – Fort St. John, BC – tenant improvement
Land & Sea – TD Square – Calgary, AB
FWBUILDERS EXTERNAL PROJECT EXAMPLES
Orange Theory Fitness – Seton, Calgary, AB
Wendy’s – Red Deer, AB
Dairy Queen – 52 Street, Calgary, AB
Connect Hearing – multiple locations AB, SK
Bell Tower, Aspen Properties – Edmonton, AB
Chinook Centre Washrooms – Calgary, AB
Minas Brazilian Steakhouse – Calgary, AB
Ethan Allen, Designer Furniture Store – Calgary, AB
THE MERGE OF TWO DIVISIONS
To bring clarity to what was often confusing differentiating between FWbuilders and OCS, we made the decision to merge. Both divisions are now under one brand banner. On January 16, 2015 the construction division of FranWorks Group of Companies became FWbuilders.
WHAT’S ON THE GO
As we continue through2015, we have many exciting projects under way. Rosie’s at the Rosedale Hotel in Vancouver will be converted into an Original Joe’s. In Calgary, one of the first Original Joe’s located on trendy 4 Street S.W. is currently undergoing renovations to offer a fresh new look. In Calgary we are converting a Wendy’s to a Dairy Queen on 52 Street S.E. This project entails working with the franchisee as well as DQ Corporate while ensuring guidelines and standards are met building a cool new store with the reimage design “Grill and Chill” DQ. Heading east into Saskatchewan, a brand new Original Joe’s will be entering Estevan. There is a lot on the go throughout all of 2015 with 25 FranWorks (State & Main, Elephant & Castle, and Original Joe’s) Restaurants expanding FGOC in the Canadian market.
FWbuilders headed into 2015 with big expectations. In January, three members of our team were in attendance at the ICSC Conference in Whistler, BC. There were many commercial real estate developers at the conference with positive attitudes towards new commercial growth. New outlet malls located in major cities has been a topic with high interest. Urban redevelopment within cities seems to be trending, with Edmonton involved by looking to fill up Jasper Avenue. The Edmonton Oilers’ new home will eventually anchor a lot of new development allowing FWbuilders to make a big impact in Alberta’s capital. The commercial sector of Western Canada still seems to be thriving despite the falling oil prices. FWbuilders continues to grow with new opportunities.